Product: Earth Balance P.B. Popps – $5.99+
Well played, Earth Balance.
Because, somehow, without even knowing me…you created the ultimate snack. You invented my new snack crack. Because this combines two of my most favorite things in life…and then some. You take peanut butter…and popcorn…and you make it snackable. You make it…so easy to dive into this little pouch and keep on going. It’s so hard to stop. It’s just…you made my snack kryptonite.
Now, you, my fellow readers…if you are unfamiliar with Earth Balance and, more specifically, P.B. Popps…read carefully. Earth Balance is a company that is committed to producing 100% plant-based, vegan, non-GMO, lactose-free, egg-free, casein-free, trans-fat-free products. I use their vegan butters, buttery spreads, and nut butters in numerous things. I keep Earth Balance products in my fridge and pantry…constantly. When a company specializes in vegan products that are created only using all-natural ingredients that are organic, and often benefit those who not only are vegan or vegetarian, but also have food allergies…well…you better believe I’m going to support them.
A little while ago, Earth Balance began putting out some vegan and gluten-free snack options. First it was some popcorn (in various flavors) and such. But…one day they put up on Facebook that they created this amazing product called P.B. Popps. I immediately knew that if I spotted them in the grocery store…I’d buy them. It took some looking, but almost a year later, they turned up on the shelf of my local Whole Foods store. There was much rejoicing and budget breaking that day. I snagged a pouch of them and took them home.
These…have been my snack at the office this past week. And oh my GOD…they are SO good.
P.B. Popps are described on the packaging as popcorn cuddled in peanut butter and a bustle of oats. I love popcorn. I definitely love peanut butter. And oats are one of my favorite things in life. I mean…I eat oatmeal in some form for lunch every day. Yes. EVERY day! So, popcorn coated in peanut butter and oats…that sounds right up my alley.
Trust me. It was. And you’ll love them too! Each popcorn pieces is coated liberally in peanut butter, and dipped in oats. This makes the most interesting texture combination when you bite into it. The popcorn has that crunch from the peanut butter that coats it…and then the oats add a hint of softness to each bite. The peanut butter flavor is awesome on these. I mean…awesome. It doesn’t overpower…but you know it’s peanut butter. And, trust me, it’s best to put out only a serving because you could keep popping these little peanut-buttery-oaty popcorn pieces and down the entire bag. These…are beyond fantastic. These are a treat worth repeating!!
Ingredients for Earth Balance P.B. Popps are peanuts, whole grain oats, dried cane syrup, tapioca syrup, popcorn, expeller pressed natural oil blend, flaxseed, agave syrup, salt, baking soda, water, natural flavor, pea protein, and sunflower lecithin. I know what every single one of those ingredients are! That’s a bonus. The Earth Balance P.B. Popps are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, non-GMO, made with 100% natural ingredients, and contain 0 grams of trans-fat. LOVE.
Let’s look at nutrition for this snack…because…vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free…and all of that still comes with a nutrition label, yes? You better believe it. A serving size of the Earth Balance P.B. Popps is 28 grams (or about 1/3 cup). This serving will provide you with 130 calories and 6 grams of fat. This serving will also be giving you 80 mg sodium and 6 grams of sugar. And finally, you’ll be consuming 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
Not bad for a peanut-buttery popcorn snack, right? RIGHT! I was very impressed with this snack. Earth Balance has never let me down. Not once. And this has made me an even bigger fan. I can’t wait to try more of their snack items in the very near future. The most difficult part now will be not purchasing a pouch of these every time I go into Whole Foods.
For real! They are that amazing. Try them yourself. Trust me…you’ll want to pop more than one!